Critics have warned Amber Rudd she is taking up “poisoned chalice” as she turns into the sixth Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) secretary in lower than three years.

Opposition MPs urged Ms Rudd to not “repeat the errors of her many predecessors” as they warned that the roll out of Common Credit score (UC) was exacerbating poverty ranges.

A report by a United Nations rapporteur revealed this week concluded the scheme, launched by former DWP minister Iain Duncan Smith, was “quick falling into discredit” and needs to be overhauled.

Ms Rudd backed the controversial scheme quickly after her return to the cupboard,  insisting she had seen it “remodel lives”, whereas recognising “there had been some points with it”.

Different’s together with Labour MP David Lammy have been extra sceptical. He tweeted that the place place was ”a poisoned chalice”, earlier than claiming that the federal government was “unlikely to outlive till Christmas”.

Labour’s shadow minister for the cupboard workplace Jon Trickett stated Theresa Could’s resolution to nominate Ms Rudd, who was pressured to step down as dwelling secretary over the Windrush scandal solely months in the past, was a “determined alternative”.

“After imposing Theresa Could’s hostile atmosphere within the House Workplace, Amber Rudd will now be answerable for the DWP’s hostile atmosphere for disabled individuals and the poorest in society,” he stated. “With Common Credit score in absolute shambles, appointing a disgraced former minister who was solely lately pressured to resign for her position in one other scandal is a determined alternative by a weak prime minister.”

Common Credit score replaces six present advantages – Employment Help Allowance, Earnings Help, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Profit, Working Tax Credit score and Baby Tax Credit score – with a single cost.

A Nationwide Audit Workplace report launched in June discovered meals financial institution use in Ms Rudd’s constituency, Hastings, had risen by 80 per cent since UC was rolled on the market.

The rollout of UC began with new recipients in pilot areas in 2013, however the scheme has been suffering from delays and it’s now not due for completion till 2023.

Professor Philip Alston, the UN Particular Rapporteur on excessive poverty and human rights stated in his report the introduction of UC has precipitated excessive hardship that would simply be reversed by the federal government.

The Scottish Nationwide Occasion’s social justice spokesperson, Neil Grey MP stated Ms Rudd ought to put the brand new UN report on poverty within the UK “on the prime of her studying listing”.

“She should not repeat the errors of her many Tory predecessors, who’ve punished the poor with multi-billion pound cuts to social safety and a callous strategy,” he stated. “As an alternative of plunging much more households into poverty, the UK authorities should increase family incomes by halting and radically reforming Common Credit score, ending the advantages freeze, introducing an actual dwelling wage, and delivering justice”. 

In an interview with broadcasters, Ms Rudd stated as a one-nation Tory she needed to “be sure that we actually do assist everyone throughout the nation”.

Requested whether or not accountability for Common Credit score was a “poisoned chalice”, she replied: “I’ve seen Common Credit score do some improbable issues.

“In my constituency in Hastings and Rye it actually has remodeled lives. However I additionally recognise that there have been some points with it, some issues with it. I see it very a lot as my job, my position, to be sure that I attempt to iron out these difficulties so it turns into a drive wholly for good.”

Extra reporting by Press Affiliation

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